Young Adults


Please help libraries to work better with young people

 Manchester Metropolitan University and Birmingham City University are carrying out this survey on behalf of ASCEL (the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians). They are interested in finding out how libraries can improve the ways they work with young people.

It would really help them if young people would complete this survey, which will give them information about what you use libraries for now and what you would like to use libraries to do. You will not be asked to provide any personal information and all the answers you give will be treated in confidence.

If you have any questions about this research, you can email Sarah McNicol:

To do the survey please click on

The closing date is Wednesday 2 January 2019. Thank you.


You can volunteer in libraries as part of your Duke of Edinburgh award, for your school work experience programme, or just off your own bat. Come and help us with general library activities like shelving, help at children’s clubs, or support our reading challenges.


See the young adult events listings in the What’s On section.


As you’d expect, we’ve got a lot of books.  Why not head over to our catalogue to browse the young adult books, or have a look at our ebook collection if you want to download straight to your device with no chance of getting a fine!

Our Shelf Help book collection offers information and advice on topics like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bullying and exam pressure. The books are free to borrow from a range of branches.

Websites we pay for so you don’t have to

Some of the most useful websites are behind a paywall, but they’re free with a library card. Through our online resources page you can get free access to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Driving Theory Test practice, the Oxford English Dictionary and more.

Stay Safe

We know it’s boring, but don’t forget that not everyone on the internet is nice. Find out more about looking after yourself online.